Thursday, June 8

Kia Seltos X Line launched. Gets cosmetic updates sans mechanical changes

Kia has launched the X-Line version of their popular mid size SUV Seltos. The new top-spec variant X-Line trim is priced at Rs 17.79 lakh for the petrol and Rs 18.10 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the diesel. Kia had previewed this model with the Seltos X-Line concept at the 2020 Auto Expo.

Bookings for the new model is open via both Kia’s dealer network and their website.

The GTX+, which was the top-spec trim until now, costs Rs 17.64 lakh for the petrol auto and Rs 17.85 lakh for the diesel auto. This makes the new X-Line come in at a premium of Rs 15,000 for the petrol and Rs 25,000 for the diesel version.

Kia has given the Seltos X-Line numerous cosmetic upgrades. The biggest exterior change is the new ‘Xclusive Matte Graphite’ paint.

Additionally, Kia has also given the X-Line an ‘Xclusive Piano black’ (gloss black) finish on the front and rear skid plates, Outside Rear View Mirrors, shark-fin antenna, tailgate garnish and faux exhaust on the rear bumper. These gloss black inserts are accompanied with ‘Sun Orange’ accents on the skid plates, side door garnish and centre caps of the wheels. Speaking of the wheels, the X-Line wears a larger set of 18-inch alloy wheels with a matte graphite finish. The ‘X-Line’ badge on the tailgate adds futher distinction between the new model and the rest of the range.

Coming to the interior, the Seltos X-Line sports a new Indigo Pera leatherette upholstery that can be seen on the seats (which also get a new honeycomb pattern) as well as the door cards. Besides these changes, the feature list remains unchanged when compared to the previous top-spec GT Line variant. This means the X-Line gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, connected car tech, automatic climate control, ventilated front seats and a sunroof.

Mechanically, the new Seltos X-Line is the same as the standard SUV. Kia offers the X Line with a 140hp, 242Nm, 1.4-litre, turbo-petrol as well as a 115hp, 250Nm, 1.5-litre, turbo-diesel. It is worth pointing out that these engines are only available with automatic gearbox options. Meaning, the turbo-petrol comes mated to the 7-speed DCT gearbox, while the diesel engine comes with a 6-speed torque converter automatic.

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